cover image Roar!: A Noisy Counting Book

Roar!: A Noisy Counting Book

Pamela Duncan Edwards. Katherine Tegen Books, $17.99 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-06-028384-1

A lion cub just wants to have fun with his fellow inhabitants of the savanna. But he doesn't understand why, when he roars his invitation to join his game or dance, nobody wants to play with him. One red monkey ""scampers up a tree,"" plugging his ears; eight brown gazelles ""race off on pounding feet."" Just when the lonely cub despairs of ever finding a playmate, he hears ""nine yellow lion cubs roaring just like me."" Together, the group of 10 sends the entire animal population fleeing for cover. Edwards and Cole, in their fifth collaboration (The Worrywarts; Some Smug Slug), prove once again that they go together like hippos and water: the prose is economical and straightforward, while the artwork strikes a satisfying balance between cartooning and naturalism. Children should enjoy keeping track of the parade of big numbers and bright colors, while giggling over a fact that the cub doesn't seem to be aware of yet--that he's king of the jungle. A gentle nature lesson and concept book neatly rolled into one. Ages 3-7. (May)